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    Sky Simulator

    Being a amateur astronomer, I wonder if there is a sky simulator for Linux, other than Kstars. Kstars is good, but it is part of the KDE Education package and I don't want KDE applications on my desktop.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks

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    Re: Sky Simulator

    I like xephem. The interface is a bit dated but the scope is large....

    http://www.clearskyinstitute.com/xephem/

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    Re: Sky Simulator

    thank you very much, but I couldn't install it, even after reading the INSTALL file.
    Can you tell me what this mean? ---> make MOTIF=../../libXm/linux86

    ceti

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    Re: Sky Simulator

    You can try sterllarium, I installed it few hours ago on my girlfriend's computer, and it rocks! deb packages here:
    http://3demi.net/debian/debs/

    You'll find also xephem packages as well as other apps, namely panorama tools.
    You may want to take a look at celestia too.

    p.s. the command you showed is needed to compile applications from source, and it's done from command line.
    Last edited by piedamaro; February 15th, 2005 at 03:14 AM.

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    Re: Sky Simulator

    Cool!!!!!

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    Re: Sky Simulator

    thank you, Kleeman & Piedamaro.
    Stellarium & Xephem are great, I installed them from .deb packages and everything is ok.
    just a question, if you please: how do I increase font sizes in Xephem? They are too small...

    ceti

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    Re: Sky Simulator

    There is a font section in the Preferences menu but it is a bit clunky. I managed to change some of the fonts after mucking around a bit......

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    Re: Sky Simulator

    thanks again, kleeman
    I'll try it later.

    cheers

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    Re: Sky Simulator

    I second the recommendation for Stellarium. Also there's Celestia although that's more space exploration than astronomy.

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    Re: Sky Simulator

    i third xephem. I also like xplns but I get a "font error" when I try to run it in Ubuntu. It's always worked in other distros without a hitch. oh well.

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